The Rancho Murieta Bandits (1-0) picked up where they left off from last season. With strong hurling and reliable defense, the Bandits pulled off a 6-1 victory. The Bandits kept the Ione Preston Nine (0-2) at bay all morning. They intend to build off of the opening day victory, and put together another strong season.
Greg “Bacon” Jorgensen hurled four excellent frames, striking out six and allowing only two hits that led to the sole tally by The Nine. Solid glove work on the hot corner by Bob “Bullet” Gignilliat stalled a potential rally by The Nine in the fourth inning. Then Scott “Leather” Oltmanns entered to hurl three clean frames, allowing no hits, and striking out five. Fine scout and tender play from Todd “Nellie” Dilbeck further kept The Nine off the base paths.
The Bandits used their speed and crafty base running to manufacture their runs. It started early with Terry “T-Bone” Conway, leading the charge with a double, one of his two steals, and a score on a wild pitch. The Bandits kept it lively on the base paths, stealing a total of 8 bases, led by “T-Bone” and Blake “Calaboose” Carmichael with two each. Darrin “Cookie” Kitchen capped off the scoring for the Bandits, as he knocked in a run with his two bagger, and stole his way into scoring position for his second of two runs on the day.
The Bandits line-up against a revamped Amador Crushers squad next Sunday, April 17th at 12:30PM in Sutter Creek, CA (Amador High School). Hope to catch you at the yard soon! For more information, you can visit the league site at www.gcvbb.com or the Bandit “group” page here on ranchomurieta.com.